Coyote Lake (Santa Clara County, California)

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Coyote Lake
Aerial view of Coyote Lake.JPG
Aerial view of Coyote Lake
Location Santa Clara County, California[1]
Coordinates 37°07′05″N 121°33′00″W / 37.118°N 121.55°W / 37.118; -121.55Coordinates: 37°07′05″N 121°33′00″W / 37.118°N 121.55°W / 37.118; -121.55[1]
Type reservoir
Primary inflows Coyote Creek
Primary outflows Coyote Creek[1]
Catchment area 119.8 sq mi (310 km2)[1]
Basin countries United States
Max. length 3.5 mi (6 km)
Max. width 0.5 mi (0.8 km)
Surface area 635 acres (2.6 km2)[1]
Water volume 23,666 acre·ft (29,192,000 m3)[1]
Surface elevation 774 feet (236 m)[2]
References [1][2]

Coyote Lake (also known as Coyote Reservoir) is an artificial lake in Santa Clara County, California, USA, located at 37°07′05″N 121°33′00″W / 37.118°N 121.55°W / 37.118; -121.55 north of Gilroy.

The lake is impounded by Coyote Dam, a 140-foot (43 m) high, 980-foot (300 m) long, earth and rock dam built in 1936. The Santa Clara Valley Water District owns the dam.[1]

A 4,595-acre county park ("Coyote-Bear") surrounds the reservoir,[3] and provides camping (RVs and tents), fishing[4] ("catch-and-release"), picnicking, and hiking activities. Power boating, jetskiing, waterskiing, sailing, canoeing/kayaking and fishing are all allowed in the reservoir. Swimming is not allowed by order of the Santa Clara Valley Water District. The boat launch ramp is located two miles north of the visitor center. It has two docks, a 3-lane concrete ramp, paved parking and a restroom. For fisherman, the lake contains bluegill, black crappie, channel catfish, carp and black bass. The lake is closed to all boating between mid-October and mid-April.[5]

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